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For immediate release: August 31, 2005

MDA Information Key To Relief Effort And Loss Coverage In Wake Of Katrina

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has mobilized its resources to support increased information needs in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

MDA's information solutions are key to helping insurance carriers cover their customers' losses as quickly as possible. To deal with the magnitude of the event and requests, MDA has set up its resources in the area to help support and train insurance adjusters so that they can use our information solutions quickly and effectively.

In addition, MDA is actively helping several U.S. agencies to monitor the progression of the floodwaters and support on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts with the latest up-to-date information from RADARSAT.

About MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide.

Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

MDA employs more than 2,500 people in locations across the United States, Europe, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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For more information, please contact:

Wendy Keyzer
MDA External Relations
Telephone: 604-231-2743

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